Characters of Social Action w/Jasmine Wade
Saturday Oct 29th 10am-1:30pm $45
Now, perhaps more than ever, we need stories that champion issues of social justice and give voice to marginalized groups. But the danger with this kind of work is that sometimes the writer’s cause and agenda can get in the way of the story coming to life. In this half-day intensive, we will spend time rooting our stories (and our agendas) in character. By building dynamic, flawed, beautiful, real characters, our social justice issues can really land in the hearts and minds of readers.
Death, Dying, and Letting Go: Writing On Grief w/Sarah Elovitch Sunday October 30th 2-5pm $45
Anne Lamott wrote about the death of a loved one, “It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp.” In the ancient world, grief was typically carried by groups of mourning women. Together in this class, we will dance with grief through our writing, whether we have lost a love, a friend or relative, or are shedding a version of ourselves that is no longer needed.
Color, Symbols & Texture; Healing Trauma Through Writing & Art w/ Heather Schubert
Saturday Nov 5th 12 noon to 3pm $80
Come with me on an exciting hands-on artistic journey designed to elicit a creative response that will promote positivity and healing from within! This workshop is for adults and/or children who are survivors of traumatic experiences, people suffering from any type of chronic pain or illness, as well as those of us who are touched by the daily stresses of life that occur in this world we all currently live and love in. The goal is to provide a loose format of artistic creativity to aid the individual in expressing their innermost feelings in a safe and comfortable environment and to come away feeling calm, creative and at peace with yourself. Comfortable clothing that can get dirty is a must!
Working from Bed: Text/ile, Grief and Performance w/Indira Allegra
Tuesdays November 1st, 8th & 15th 7-9pm
Sliding Scale $100-$180
Sick days. Chronic pain days. Grief-from-the-state-of-the-world-kinda-days. Sometimes the best option is just to stay in bed. Working from Bed: Tex/tile, Grief and Performance recognizes the bed as a rich site of textual production based on our proximity to textiles that keep us warm and manage (somehow) to make us feel safer. Each week of this monthlong workshop, participants will craft short narratives inspired by their own bedtime textiles – t-shirts, teddies, du-rags, shams, quilts, comforters and more. Working from Bed will culminate in a literary ‘sleepover’ at Liminal with readings and textile-based performances, hot tea and only the most comfortable bedtime attire.
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Writing Rainbow: a QT/POC Free School! W/Celeste Chan
Sundays, 6-9pm, 11/20, 11/27, 12/4, 12/11 @ LIMINAL
Additional: drop-in writing time, Wednesdays 6-9pm at Cafe La Boheme, SF
What: A place to: flex art muscles, break binaries, and experiment in a supportive space for queer and trans people of color and our allies!
We will launch with 4 sessions, and continue into 2017!
Classes are FREE.
To sign up, email firstname.lastname@example.org with a brief note of 1) what interests you about the workshop, 2) what you hope to bring to the workshop, and your past experience reading and writing.
This workshop is supported by CAC and Queer Rebels.
Writing From the Shadows with Leah Mueller
November 20th 11:30-2:30 10-2pm Sliding Scale $80-$104
In this workshop we will focus on writing about an incident or experience of fear, anger, hatred, or some other typically “negative” emotion. We will go into that emotion and turn it “inside out”-literally peeling back the layers of denial, and/or the pressure to be “nice” that we so often feel in society. Then, each writer will mine the creative gifts that lie beneath the veil.
Getting into the Writing Groove with Jenee Darden
Saturday Sept 10th 10am-5pm
$199 NOW $139!
This workshop is for people who are having trouble letting their inner writer out, but they want to write. In this intensive, participants will move past writing barriers through analyzing what’s holding them back, developing strategies to motivate writing and doing writing exercises.
Intersection of Narratives and Mental Health
With Kelechi Ubozoh & Christine No
Saturday September 17th 10am-noon $35
Whether we’re using our stories to advocate for better treatment for those who have mental health issues, or we are searching for understanding and empathy after difficult journeys; mental health narratives are often an undiscovered art. Join us as we discuss how we’ve channeled our own experiences with mental health through narrative and poetry. Come with an experience that you’d like to turn into a story, and we’ll provide writing prompts to support you in telling your story. We will facilitate a guided conversation. This isn’t a therapy group, and we’ll have some group agreements in place to keep the story-telling safe. This workshop is an opportunity to write and commune with other writers who have experienced mental health experiences and are seeking to create.
The Wonderland of Myth: Writing into the Past and Present – w/Jasmine Wade Saturday October 8th 10am- 1:30pm $90
Myths are the stories that make up our histories, inform our present, live in our bodies, and stimulate our political imaginations. Writers use lore and our ancestral lineage to inform our work and create contemporary myths as we document and shape our current reality. In this half-day intensive, participants will experience discussions and generative writing prompts that will foster connections to existing mythology (both on macro and micro levels) and produce new, contemporary myths. These exercises can be useful for writers working on a variety of projects, from the memoirist connecting to the past to the fantasy writer building vast and complex worlds from scratch.
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